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LLUSD faculty members address Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital’s International Academic Week

LLU School of Dentistry faculty members Susan Richards, DDS’84, associate professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Carlos Moretta, DDS’01, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, were among speakers who lectured at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital’s annual International Academic Week, November 5-6, 2015. More than 100 dentists from various hospitals and private practices attended lectures by Dr. Richards on clinical diagnosis of odontogenic cysts and tumors and by Dr. Moretta who addressed oral surgical procedures. 

Noah's cleft cookies

Five-year-old Noah Thronson wanted to do something special for his mother Margaret’s birthday. Being a bright and creative youngster, he turned to the World Wide Web for possibilities.

LLUSD pediatric dentistry team advocates for California kids oral healthcare

Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD, Program Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, along with four of her pediatric dentistry residents, Xuan Lam, DMD (2nd year); Linda Ngo, DDS (1st year); Jessica Machado, DMD (1st year); and Ryan Baker, DMD (2nd year); met with Congressman Peter Rey Aguilar, U.S. Representative for California’s 31st congressional district at his office on August 13, 2015.

Reintroducing Heidi Kohltfarber

Heidi Kohltfarber, DDS’03, MS, has been away from her alma mater since June 2009—initially, to pursue a master’s degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and then to shuttle between Chapel Hill and King’s College in London, England, for a joint venture PhD in oral and maxillofacial radiology.

Introducing Kimberly LaBelle

Introducing Kimberly LaBelle

The School of Dentistry’s Office of Development is very pleased to welcome Kimberly M. LaBelle as its new development coordinator.

Ms. Kimberly LaBelle

Beyond making sense of the Office of Development, tracking its donor gifts, and scheduling its travel, Ms. LaBelle will be in charge of its various philanthropic events, annual giving roster, and related projects.

Introducing Steven Powell

Steven Powell, DDS'87, is a newly appointed assistant professor in the School of Dentistry’s new Division of General Dentistry.

For the past 28 years Dr. Powell has operated a dental practice devoted to health that includes comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. The practice is located in Okemos, Michigan, bordering the East Lansing campus of Michigan State University.

LLUSD student teams with Smile Train and Ironman Arizona to provide cleft lip/palate surgeries to underprivileged children

Brandon Soelberg is a fourth year LLU School of Dentistry student who treats his doctor of dental surgery training as preparation for an oral and facial surgery residency. He is simultaneously training for the November 15, 2015, Arizona IRONMAN competition in Tempe—2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run.

Good Vibrations at CDA San Francisco

As is its practice, the School of Dentistry sent a contingent to the annual “California Dental Association Presents” in San Francisco (August 20-22). Representing the School at the city’s Moscone Center event were Dean Ronald Dailey, PhD, Vivian Haber, DDS’85, assistant professor, Division of General Dentistry; Marlise Perry, assistant director, Office of Admissions and Recruitment; Sam Sadanala, multimedia specialist, Office of Marketing; and Krista Weymar, MBA, director, Office of Marketing.

Home Vent patients treated by LLUSD pediatric residents

Shortly before this year’s May 2015 commencement exercises, Dr. Mariam Ischander, MD, pediatric pulmonologist and director of the LLUH Home Vent Clinic, asked Bonnie Nelson, DDS’88, chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, if the residents from the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry could provide her special needs patients with dental care. (Approximately one third of the compromised Home Vent patients are on MediCal and are School of Dentistry pediatric patients.)

The Temporomandibular Joint painstakingly elucidated by LLUSD faculty duo in new eBook

The Temporomandibular Joint: Structure, Function and Dysfunction is a comprehensive, evidence-based synthesis of scientific knowledge regarding the joint formed by the lower jaw and the temporal bone of the skull written by Loma Linda University School of Dentistry faculty Edwin L. Christiansen, DDS, Odont. Dr, and Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Contributing authors, Kenneth Abramovitch, DDS, MSD, and Dwight D. Rice, DDS, added a generously illustrated chapter entitled, “Temporomandibular Joint Advanced Imaging” that includes MRI movies of normal and abnormal joint function.